b.a. (hons.) english
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Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)
UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME (Courses effective from Academic Year 2015-16)
SYLLABUS OF COURSES TO BE OFFERED Core Courses, Elective Courses & Ability Enhancement Courses
Disclaimer: The CBCS syllabus is uploaded as given by the Faculty concerned to the Academic Council. The same has been approved as it is by the Academic Council on 13.7.2015 and Executive Council on 14.7.2015. Any query may kindly be addressed to the concerned Faculty.
Undergraduate Programme Secretariat
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated several measures to bring equity, efficiency and excellence in the Higher Education System of country. The important measures taken to enhance academic standards and quality in higher education include innovation and improvements in curriculum, teaching-learning process, examination and evaluation systems, besides governance and other matters. The UGC has formulated various regulations and guidelines from time to time to improve the higher education system and maintain minimum standards and quality across the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in India. The academic reforms recommended by the UGC in the recent past have led to overall improvement in the higher education system. However, due to lot of diversity in the system of higher education, there are multiple approaches followed by universities towards examination, evaluation and grading system. While the HEIs must have the flexibility and freedom in designing the examination and evaluation methods that best fits the curriculum, syllabi and teachinglearning methods, there is a need to devise a sensible system for awarding the grades based on the performance of students. Presently the performance of the students is reported using the conventional system of marks secured in the examinations or grades or both. The conversion from marks to letter grades and the letter grades used vary widely across the HEIs in the country. This creates difficulty for the academia and the employers to understand and infer the performance of the students graduating from different universities and colleges based on grades. The grading system is considered to be better than the conventional marks system and hence it has been followed in the top institutions in India and abroad. So it is desirable to introduce uniform grading system. This will facilitate student mobility across institutions within and across countries and also enable potential employers to assess the performance of students. To bring in the desired uniformity, in grading system and method for computing the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) based on the performance of students in the examinations, the UGC has formulated these guidelines.
CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS):
The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses
comprising core, elective/minor or skill based courses. The courses can be evaluated following the
grading system, which is considered to be better than the conventional marks system. Therefore, it is
necessary to introduce uniform grading system in the entire higher education in India. This will benefit
the students to move across institutions within India to begin with and across countries. The uniform
grading system will also enable potential employers in assessing the performance of the candidates. In
order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the Cumulative Grade Point
Average (CGPA) based on students performance in examinations, the UGC has formulated the
guidelines to be followed.
Outline of Choice Based Credit System:
1. Core Course: A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
2. Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which
provides an extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain
or nurtures the candidates proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.
2.1 Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University/Institute
may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by
main discipline/subject of study).
2.2 Dissertation/Project: An elective course designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to a project work, and a candidate studies such a course
on his own with an advisory support by a teacher/faculty member is called dissertation/project.
2.3 Generic Elective (GE) Course: An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure is called a Generic Elective.
P.S.: A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other
discipline/subject and vice versa and such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.
3. Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC)/Competency Improvement Courses/Skill Development Courses/Foundation Course: The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds: AE
Compulsory Course (AECC) and AE Elective Course (AEEC). AECC courses are the courses
based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement. They ((i) Environmental Science, (ii)
English/MIL Communication) are mandatory for all disciplines. AEEC courses are value-based
and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.
3.1 AE Compulsory Course (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication.
3.2 AE Elective Course (AEEC): These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based instruction.
Project work/Dissertation is considered as a special course involving application of knowledge in
solving / analyzing /exploring a real life situation / difficult problem. A Project/Dissertation work would
be of 6 credits. A Project/Dissertation work may be given in lieu of a discipline specific elective paper.
Details of courses under B.A (Honors), B.Com (Honors) & B.Sc. (Honors)
Theory+ Practical Theory + Tutorial
I. Core Course
(14 Papers) 14X4= 56 14X5=70
Core Course Practical / Tutorial*
(14 Papers) 14X2=28 14X1=14
II. Elective Course
A.1. Discipline Specific Elective 4X4=16 4X5=20
A.2. Discipline Specific Elective
Practical/ Tutorial* 4 X 2=8 4X1=4
B.1. Generic Elective/
Interdisciplinary 4X4=16 4X5=20
B.2. Generic Elective
Practical/ Tutorial* 4 X 2=8 4X1=4
Optional Dissertation or project work in place of one Discipline Specific Elective paper (6
credits) in 6th Semester
III. Ability Enhancement Courses
1. Ability Enhancement Compulsory
(2 Papers of 2 credit each) 2 X 2=4 2 X 2=4
2. Ability Enhancement Elective (Skill Based)
(Minimum 2) 2 X 2=4 2 X 2=4
(2 Papers of 2 credit each)
Total credit 140 140
Institute should evolve a system/policy about ECA/ General
Interest/Hobby/Sports/NCC/NSS/related courses on its own.
* wherever there is a practical there will be no tutorial and vice-versa
Structure of B. A. Honours English under CBCS
1. Indian Classical Literature
2. European Classical Literature
3. Indian Writing in English
4. British Poetry and Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries
5. American Literature
6. Popular Literature
7. British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries
8. British Literature: 18th Century
9. British Romantic Literature
10. British Literature: 19th Century
11. Womens Writing
12. British Literature: The Early 20th Century
13. Modern European Drama
14. Postcolonial Literatures
Discipline Centric Elective (Any four)
1. Modern Indian Writing in English Translation 2. Literature of the Indian Diaspora 3. British Literature: Post World War II
4. Nineteenth Century European Realism
5. Literary Theory
6. Literary Criticism
7. Science fiction and Detective Literature
8. Literature and Cinema
9. World Literatures
10. Partition Literature 11. Research Methodology 12. Travel writing 13. Autobiography
Generic Elective (Any four) Paper Titles
1. Academic Writing and Composition
2. Media an